Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8

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Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8

Review Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8

The Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8 is the first autofocus professional standard (focal length) fast zoom lens for Nikon cameras. At one time it became a continuation of the line of manual focusing lenses - Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 3.5 AI and AI-S.

Radozhiv already has an overview of its modification - Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)and therefore only differences between the first version of MKI (NON-D) and second version of MKII (D-type).

  1. The MKI version (shown in this review) was produced from 1987 to 1992. The MKII version was produced from 1992 to 2005 (according to some sources - up to 2007).
  2. Versions have different ring retainers aperture in the F / 22 position, the MK I has the usual latch button (it automatically locks the diaphragm ring when it is set to F / 22), the MK II has a switch button (you must manually switch its position to lock the ring).
  3. MKII updated optics enlightenment. The front MKII lens is more green in color and the MKI in yellow. I did not particularly notice the difference when working with side and backlight, maybe there is a difference in color reproduction.
  4. The versions have a slightly different case design. The main difference can be seen near the diaphragm ring, where there are differences in the assembly screws and their location. Also, the MKII version has a black screw on the bayonet side, which helps to quickly mount the lens on the camera (old Nikon lenses do not have a mark for mounting the lens on the camera as such).
  5. The MKI version does not know how to transmit the focusing distance to the camera and is'Non-d'lens (this is the main difference in lenses). This property is important for accurate metering. exposure, especially when shooting with modern flash units that work in TTL auto modes.
  6. Both versions are susceptible to fungal growth on one of the lens glues. All lenses are susceptible to the fungus, except for those whose serial numbers start with the number 7. The reason is simple - for one of the lenses glued organic glue was used, which eventually 'blooms'. Therefore, all MKI lenses are susceptible to fungus, and among the MKII you can find copies with an updated assembly on a new adhesive base that is not susceptible to fungus.
Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8 and Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKII)

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8 and Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKII)

On a full-frame camera, the lens is very, very good, only at F / 2.8 the sharpness at the edges subsides a little, and the lens is also weak with side light. Overall, this is a really 'professional toy', albeit quite old.

Link to the archive with the originalsand - 573 MB, 49 photos in .NEF format, (RAW) from the camera Nikon D700 (FX).
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Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8 on the ZK

Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8 on the ZK


List of all Nikon FX 35-XXX autofocus lenses:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)
  3. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 3.3-4.5 (MKI)
  4. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 3.3-4.5 (MKII)
  5. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80 mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKI)
  6. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-80 mm 1: 4-5.6D (MKII)
  7. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKI)
  8. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKII)
  9. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-105 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 D (MKIII)
  10. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKI)
  11. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-135 mm 1: 3.5-4.5 (MKII)

The catalog of modern universal lenses for Nikon can be look at this link.


Professional fast wagon

Choosing a good high-speed universal lens is one of the most important for a large number of photographers. I pay a lot of attention to this issue, because I prepared this list of all full-frame universal (standard range of focal lengths) fast autofocus lenses:

Canon

Bayonet EF:

  1. Canon Zoom Lens EF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 L USM
  2. Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 L USM
  3. Canon Zoom Lens EF 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 L II USM

Bayonet R:

  1. Canon Lens RF 28-70 mm F2 L USM
  2. Canon Lens RF 24-70 mm F2.8 L IS USMsince August 2019

Nikon

Bayonet F:

  1. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8 (MKI)
  2. Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70 mm 1: 2.8D (MKII)
  3. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-70 mm 1: 2.8D ED SWM (two body color options)
  4. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1: 2.8GN ED Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Asphericalsince December 2007
  5. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70 mm 1: 2.8EN ED Nano Crystal Coat SWM IF Aspherical VR

Bayonet Z:

  1. Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70 mm 1: 2.8 S

Tokina (for different mounts)

  1. Tokina AT-X AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 270 AF)
  2. Tokina AT-X PRO AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO)
  3. Tokina AT-X PRO AF 28-70 mm 1: 2.6-2.8 (or 1: 2.8, Tokina AT-X 270 AF PRO II)
  4. Tokina AT-X PRO 28-80 mm 1: 2.8 Aspherica (Tokina AT-X 280 AF PRO)
  5. Tokina AT-X PRO SV 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (Tokina AT-X 287 AF PRO SV)
  6. Tokina sd 24 70 F2.8 (IF) FX AT-X PRO Aspherical

Sigma (for different mounts, in chronological order)

  1. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom, from May 1992
  2. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Ashperical [+ -D], from the end 1998
  3. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX Aspherical DF [+ -D]since February 2001
  4. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Aspherical [+ -D], [DF version], since February 2001
  5. Sigma 24 60mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], from May 2004
  6. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG Macro [+ -D], From september 2004
  7. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 Zoom EX DG [+ -D], From september 2004
  8. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 EX DG HSM, From september 2008
  9. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 DG HSM OS Asince February 2017, Nikon F, Canon EF, Sigma SA
  10. Sigma 24 70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN Asince November 2019, Sony E, Leica L
  11. Sigma 28 70mm 1: 2.8 DG DN C (Contemporary)since February 2021, Sony E, Leica L

Tamron (for different mounts)

  1. Tamron SP AF 35-105 mm 1: 2.8 Aspherical Model 65D
  2. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105 mm 1: 2.8 Model 176D
  3. Tamron SP AF Aspherical LD ​​[IF] 28-105 mm 1: 2.8 Model 276D
  4. Tamron SP AF Aspherical XR Di LD [IF] 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 Macro Model A09 (Model A09N & Model A09N II) (scheme like Sony 2.8 /28 75 SAM)
  5. Tamron SP 24-70 mm F / 2.8 DI VC USD Model A007
  6. Tamron SP 24-70 mm F / 2.8 Di VC USD G2 Model A032
  7. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III RXD Model A036, (15/12), only for Sony E / FE
  8. Tamron 28-75 mm F / 2.8 Di III VXD G2 Model A063, (17/15), only for Sony E / FE, Fall 2021

Sony

Sony / Minolta A mount:

  1. Konica Minolta AF Zoom 28-75 mm 1: 2.8 (32) D
  2. Minolta AF Zoom 28-70 mm 1: 2.8 (32) G
  3. Sony 2.8 /28 75 SAM (scheme like Tamron 28-75 / 2.8)
  4. Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8 /24 70 ZA SSM T *
  5. Sony Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 2,8 /24 70 ZA SSM II T *

Sony E-mount:

  1. Sony FE 2.8 /24 70 GM (G, SEL2470GM)

Pentax (K)

  1. Pentax SMC FA 28-70 mm f / 2.8
  2. Pentax HD Pentax-D FA 24-70 mm f / 2.8ED SDM WR

Angénieux

  1. Angenieux Zoom F.28 70 1: 2.6 AF (for Nikon F, Minolta / Sony A, Canon EF)

Panasonic

  1. Panasonic Lumix S PRO 1: 2.8 /24-70 mm, from August 2019, Leica L

Leica

  1. Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 1: 2.8 / 24-70mm f / 2.8 ASPH.since May 2021

Samyang / Rokinon

  1. Samyang AF 24-70 / 2.8 FE, aka Rokinon AF 24-70 / 2.8 FE from October 2021, expected to be announced

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Comments: 60, on the topic: Review of Nikon AF Nikkor 35-70mm 1: 2.8

  • Gesha Exhale

    Arkady, please tell me, is it only in your photographs that this lens gives such a weak sharpness or is it generally unclear like that in itself?

    I look that every second photo looks as if past focus. o_o

  • Ivan

    I bought this one with my hands, what can I say? The sharpness is not stable, and blurring of the background more often brings out of balance, a mess. Yes, I got some good shots when the sun was in the back after 16 hours. to shoot something other than family vacations is now scary. I’ll try to hand over for repair, maybe it’s simply faulty.

    • Peter Sh.

      And you enlighten him with a flashlight in the dark. Maybe there the lenses are cloudy, with a coating or something else.
      In addition, for example, my copy focuses further on 35mm and closer to 70mm. And no AF tuning here helps, understandably.

  • Ivan

    I’ll say one thing, it’s definitely lighter than 35 \ 2

  • anonym

    All the same, I could not resist koment. I bought the first model on Avito for 12 000 rubles. I bought and I am not overjoyed. holds with a hood. Very sharp on all focal lenses. I haven’t reached the portraits yet, but otherwise good. I shoot on d7100, I think it will fully open at full frame.

  • Sergei

    Arkady, hello!
    In the review, you write that 2.8D with serial number 7 * is without organic glue. Question: "And starting with the number 8 *?"
    Those. only a series of 7 * without organics or subsequent without it too?

  • 777

    Has anyone had experience treating this glass for fungus / mold?
    Is it realistic to drag yourself to a service? And if in the service, then how much money can they take for this?

  • Georgy

    s_l1600_1 s_l1600

    Lens with 7xxxxx serial
    Apparently, with the replacement of glue in later versions, not everything is so simple ...

    • 777

      George, thank you!
      And how to understand when examining when buying a used one from the hands: did the curved-handed craftsmen clean the glass from the fungus or not?

      • Georgy

        The fasteners are very soft, guaranteed to be deformed + scratches around the fasteners.

        Useless fact:
        Even direct-handed people will leave marks on the varnish inside, which will be visible when disassembling.

        • 777

          Thank you for such a quick and detailed answer.
          Good luck and good to you, George!

    • anonym

      Most likely it is a fungus or mold. In versions with a serial number less than 7, “Canadian balsam” was used in the gluing of the lens unit, which gradually became cloudy over time and gave a uniform clouding over the entire area of ​​the lens unit. It gave a kind of soft effect. Contrast and a little sharpness fell. the magnitude of the effect depends on the degree of turbidity.

  • Dmitriy

    Thanks for the useful info on the lens)

  • Basil

    Oil

  • Dim

    I took it to Ebei from Japan, with more or less clean lenses. I put it on Nikon D700 and was terribly disappointed, white haze, haze. I put it off until better times, there was time, I recently enlightened it with an ultraviolet and put it on the D300. I don't know what happened: either the arms straightened, or the magic rays helped. Much better. But as many write, there are such mutual positions of the direction of the lens and the rays of the sun, when the image is useless. On the other hand, it doesn't cost much and it's just interesting to look at another picture.

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